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The five must-read posts from today, on Rupert Murdoch, Bloody Sunday and the OBR.

1. Murdoch's London-based global news hub

Robert Peston explores how Rupert Murdoch's attempt to take full control of BSkyB could divide the coalition.

2. Why Blair agreed to hold the Bloody Sunday inquiry

Gary Gibbon looks back at why the government conceded to the Bloody Sunday inquiry.

3. Cheat sheet for Labour and Coalition deficit reduction plans

No idea how large the coming cuts will be? FT Westminster has all the (scary) numbers you need.

4. Uproar at the PLP: select committee member elections

Labour Uncut reports on divisions inside the Parliamentary Labour Party over the newly democratic select committee elections.

5. OBR Kenobi

Hopi Sen says Labour has nothing to fear from an independent, fair-minded OBR.

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Tony Blair won't endorse the Labour leader - Jeremy Corbyn's fans are celebrating

The thrice-elected Prime Minister is no fan of the new Labour leader. 

Labour heavyweights usually support each other - at least in public. But the former Prime Minister Tony Blair couldn't bring himself to do so when asked on Sky News.

He dodged the question of whether the current Labour leader was the best person to lead the country, instead urging voters not to give Theresa May a "blank cheque". 

If this seems shocking, it's worth remembering that Corbyn refused to say whether he would pick "Trotskyism or Blairism" during the Labour leadership campaign. Corbyn was after all behind the Stop the War Coalition, which opposed Blair's decision to join the invasion of Iraq. 

For some Corbyn supporters, it seems that there couldn't be a greater boon than the thrice-elected PM witholding his endorsement in a critical general election. 

Julia Rampen is the digital news editor of the New Statesman (previously editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog). She has also been deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines. 

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